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Nearly a third of UB medical school students will remain in Buffalo for residency

Ashley Alex shows off her match at Match Day 2016. Photo: Sandra Kicman. For more scenes from the event, visit the Match Day photo archive.

By ELLEN GOLDBAUM

Published April 1, 2016

“Growing numbers of these very high caliber students are choosing to stay here at UB for their residencies.”
Roseanne Berger, senior associate dean for graduate medical education
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB

Nearly a third of the UB’s fourth-year medical students will stay in Buffalo for their residencies, suggesting that graduates of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB are increasingly looking to remain in the region to complete their medical training.

On Match Day 2016, which took place March 18, 45 students, or 31 percent of the class of 143, matched into residencies at UB. That compares to 30 in 2015 and 28 in 2014.

Match Day is the day when medical school students around the country find out where they will do their postgraduate training — the residency — which lasts from three to seven years, depending on the specialty chosen.

At the same time that more students want to match into UB residencies, UB students also are matching into residencies at high-profile institutions nationwide, such as Yale, Columbia and Dartmouth and others.

“UB’s medical students are in demand,” said Roseanne Berger, senior associate dean for graduate medical education at UB. “That’s testimony to the quality of their training and provides an opportunity to have ambassadors for UB all over the country.

“At the same time, growing numbers of these very high caliber students are choosing to stay here at UB for their residencies,” she said.

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB held its Match Day event in the Statler City Golden Ballroom in downtown Buffalo, which was filled with nervous, but excited, fourth-year medical students and their families awaiting to learn where the students would pursue their medical residency training.

Each class member received a sealed letter from the National Resident Matching Program. When David A. Milling, the medical school’s senior associate dean for student and academic affairs, led a countdown from 10, the ballroom’s atmosphere resembled that of a New Year’s Eve Gala.

For a list of all 143 fourth-year medical students with their future medical specialties and the locations of their residency matches, visit http://medicine.buffalo.edu/matchday.html.